McGovern Earns Atlantic 10 Lacrosse Weekly Defensive Award
April 3, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - After helping the UMass women's lacrosse team to a 20-11 win at La Salle last Saturday, junior defender Kelsey McGovern was named the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week by the league office. This marks the third time McGovern has won the award this season which ties the league record set by Katie Florence in 2010. All told this year, a UMass player has won the weekly defensive award six times now which is a new league standard.
McGovern tied her career-high with 11 draw controls at La Salle and led the Minutewomen with three caused turnovers and three groundballs. The 11 draw controls were also just one shy of the program's single game record. Her 107 career draw controls now ranks 6th-best all-time at UMass, while her 72 this season ranks 3rd for a single-season.
UMass enters the weekend ranked No. 13 nationally in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and No. 10 in the deBeer Media Poll. The Minutewomen will host Atlantic 10 rivals Richmond on Friday and George Washington on Sunday at McGuirk Stadium.
The win at La Salle marked the Minutewomen's 21st consecutive win against A-10 opponents which dates back to the 2010 season.
In this week's NCAA national statistics report, UMass now leads the nation in scoring offense with a 16.09 goals per game average. The Minutewomen also rank among the top-5 in four other categories: points (3rd, 266.0), scoring margin (4th, 7.55/game), caused turnovers (2nd, 11.45/game), and draw controls (5th, 15.0/game).
Individually, McGovern ranks 3rd nationally in draw controls (6.55/game), 19th in caused turnovers (1.82/game) and 24th in groundballs (2.73/game).
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